At age 7, Kayden Gonzales is already a pretty accomplished wrestler, a veteran of many Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club matches.

Now, his grandfather and wrestling coach, Curtis Nelson, says his protege is branching out to another sport, BMX bicycle racing.

“Kayden is a very energetic kid, who also competes in soccer and wrestling, so BMX racing just adds to his endurance,” Nelson said.

Racing in the novice division at Metro BMX in Bakersfield, young Kayden already is showing promise.

Starting out on his $25 swap meet 20-inch bike, Gonzales was fourth in a race at Metro BMX on Sept. 16. Then, quickly moving up to a new racing bike, he was second in the main event in only his third competition on Oct. 7.

Nelson said the crew at Metro BMX was “very friendly and helpful getting us signed up and explaining what to do.”

Metro BMX holds races on Mondays and Fridays and classes on Thursdays, Nelson said.

“Kids of all ages and skill levels can compete on the dirt track,” Nelson said.